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Jealous partner left woman with facial fractures and drinking through straw

Trevor Lockwood

A jealous partner who attacked a woman in her own home, leaving her with multiple facial fractures and having to drink through a straw, has been jailed.

Trevor Lockwood and the woman – who have since parted – had argued during a car journey on 31st August last year.

She had described 40-year-old Lockwood as being controlling and jealous, that he would check her phone and leave her feeling “suffocated”, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

They spent that night separately but the following morning there was a row in the kitchen which ended with the woman slumped against a washing machine and led to neighbours being alerted.

“She was on the floor, covered in blood and appeared to be confused and groggy,” prosecutor Jacob Dyer told the court today.

She gave initial accounts that Lockwood had punched her several times.

A CT scan revealed fractures to both sides of her “grossly swollen” face which were fixed with metal plates and screws under general anaesthetic during a hospital stay of more than a week.

A surgeon concluded the injuries were indicative of more than one strike.

Lockwood initially denied attacking the woman but later admitted unlawfully and maliciously causing her grievous bodily harm.

In a victim impact statement, the female described “horrific” pain, suffering sleeplessness, being reluctant to leave her home and left a “nervous wreck”.

“She said the last few weeks she had been drinking through a straw,” added Mr Dyer.

Anthony Parkinson, defending, said Lockwood, of Sheila Fell Close, Aspatria, was ashamed and disgusted by his actions.

Recorder Eric Lamb imposed an immediate two-year prison term and a five-year restraining order.

“By your plea you acknowledge that you lost control, that you punched her on multiple occasions,” the judge told him. 

“Domestic violence offences are particularly serious because it is likely to become increasingly frequent and more serious the longer it continues.”